"I was already thinking about how I would take it".
Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba ensured France get their World Cup off to a winning start but questions abound over the conservative tactics employed by Didier Deschamps and the way his superior French team struggled to create chances against an Australian side that barely managed to make it to Russian Federation.
But Paul Pogba scored the victor for France late on, leaving the Socceroos frustrated and needing a result against Denmark in Samara on Thursday to keep alive their hopes of advancing to the knockout rounds.
Paul Pogba sent a lovely pass through to forward Antoine Griezmann, who looked to make a clear run on goal.
Defender Aziz Behich challenged Pogba just inside the box only to see the Manchester United man's effort loop over Ryan and narrowly cross the line having bounced down off the underside of the crossbar, with the goal confirmed by goal-line technology.
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Bert van Marwijk's side did not lose heart and were handed a lifeline just minutes afterwards in the 62nd, when Barcelona's Samuel Umtiti made an absurd decision to handle the ball inside the penalty area from an inviting delivery. I think there were a lot of moments they didn't know what to do anymore.
France's play was losing its early intensity, with passes beginning going astray and Australia growing in belief as the half-hour approached. There were many situations in which they did not know what to do anymore.
"We want to start knocking off one of these big fish".
The lead did not last long, though, as Australia levelled with a spot-kick of their own four minutes later, and this time there was no doubt about the award.
In a tight first half that saw Griezmann, teenager Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele fail to spark.
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They nearly took a shock lead when a free-kick from Aaron Mooy was flicked on by Matthew Leckie which Corentin Tolisso deflected towards his own goal and it was going into the back of the net but for a brilliant save from Hugo Lloris.
Before Griezmann's feat, Mbappe had made history at kick-off by becoming the youngest French player, at 19 and six months, to start a World Cup game. Griezmann converted the resulting penalty, firing to the right corner.
Australia then spent most of the first half defending and ultimately frustrating France, rarely creating real chances of their own.
The star striker went down easily and despite officials waving the penalty it was ultimately awarded by the VAR.
Australia and their 10,000 gold-shirted fans will be disappointed that all their hard work earned them nothing as they seek to get out of the group stage for the second time in their fifth World Cup.
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